While NC jobless rate rises to 6.8 percent, the real numbers may be worse than the picture indicates.
“Everything else equal, firms prefer to hire workers who are either working or who have been unemployed for a brief period. They take long-term unemployment as a bad signal,” she said.
Gicheva also noted that the average weekly hours for North Carolina manufacturing workers increased by 42 minutes from July, when the number was 43 hours per week. She says that could show that employers are reluctant to hire.